Global warming and medical kidnapping? PCB pollution. Will Rick Perry fix Energy? Cannabis hits $1B in sales! Beer goggles for pot!

December 13th, 2016 7-9pm

Tuesday, on The Robert Scott Bell Show: 

trump-photoPresident-elect Donald Trump has selected former Texas Gov. Rick Perry — who famously once forgot that he wanted to abolish the Energy Department — to be secretary of energy, two sources familiar with the transition process told NBC News on Monday night.

After the extensive recount effort, Trump actually increased his margin of victory by 162 votes in Wisconsin. Without providing any evidence to support her claim, Stein previously argued the 2016 election was “hack-riddled” as she justified her requests for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. If Wisconsin’s election was “hacked” (it wasn’t), it seems the so-called hackers intended to take away votes from Trump, not Clinton.

Although the research is far from conclusive, there is evidence that eliminating gluten, swapping calorie-rich foods for low-calorie options, and choosing anti-inflammatory foods where possible could improve the symptoms of psoriasis. In combination with medicine, nutrition may be a potent player in the fight against psoriasis.

On December 8, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a lawsuit against Monsanto over toxic PCB chemicals polluting “every waterway in the state.” It marks the first time a state has ever sued the biotech giant.

Millions of Americans living in rural communities could be at risk of drinking and bathing in toxic water, a year-long investigation by USA Today has found. Four million Americans live in regions where small water operators skipped required safety tests and around 100,000 people get their water from operators that discovered high lead levels but failed to take action to remove it in a timely fashfisher-pryce-barion. An additional 850 small water utilities have not tested for lead since 2010 despite having a recorded history of lead contamination in the system.

Fisher-Price responded to a controversial viral photo of a “Happy Hour Playset” featuring a bar and fake beer bottles with a simple explanation: It isn’t real. A photo purporting to show the box for a Fisher-Price Happy Hour Playset, complete with toddlers pretending to drink from plastic bottles while a surly baby tends bar, sparked both amusement and outrage this week when it began to circulate on social media.

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al-largemapMedical Kidnapping: It has been almost 2 months since itinerant missionaries Christian and Danielle Holm’s newborn baby was ripped from his mother’s breast in an Alabama hospital by the Department of Human Resources (DHR). Social workers called in hospital security, police, and a sheriff’s detective after the couple declined a social security card and birth certificate for their baby. There was a case of mistaken identity, but that was easily and quickly demonstrated to be false. There was no abuse and no neglect, but that didn’t stop DHR from seizing the 1 day old infant from his parents, allegedly without a warrant, court order, or emergency circumstances.

The first generic copy of Roche’s top-selling flu pill Tamiflu hit the U.S. market on Monday, marking a further step in the Swiss drugmaker’s enforced evolution to reliance on a new wave of blockbuster medicines.

It’s always 4/20 somewhere — at least in Colorado. The state’s marijuana shops have reached a massive new milestone: $1 billion in legal, regulated sales in the first 10 months of 2016.

cannabis_USAThere has been much speculation about what impact cannabis legalization could have on the alcohol industry. The question has been, would alcohol sales dip when adult use of cannabis became a legal alternative to throwing back a round? Now, a recent study by Cowen and Company, a leading financial services firm, shows that, yes — beer sales are down in states with legalized cannabis.

According to a new study published in the journal Stroke, activation of the cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2R) – something done naturally by cannabis and cannabinoids – can increase “the number of new cortical neurons and, conceivably, enhancing motor functional recovery after stroke.”

“Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability characterized by physical, cognitive, and emotional disturbances”, begins the study’s abstract. “Unfortunately, pharmacological options are scarce. The cannabinoid type-2 receptor (CB2R) is neuroprotective in acute experimental stroke by anti-inflammatory mechanisms. However, its role in chronic stroke is still unknown.”

antacid-ctAntacid for the Earth? One approach to “geoengineering” the earth is to mimic the natural atmospheric cooling effect that tends to follow the massive dispersion of sulfur dioxide into the air during a volcanic eruption. There are a few obvious problems with this approach. For instance, it’s unclear what nation or international body would be authorized to release the sulfur dioxide. The chemical is also a pollutant that can cause acid rain. It might indirectly both eat away at the layer of ozone that protects living things from ultraviolet light and warm the lower part of the stratosphere above the tropics, about 19 miles up.